Saturday, February 15, 2014

Russia. Tuva, Western Sayan mountains, Siberia: Sayan shaman

Sayan shaman is performing "kamlaniye"- magic communication between shamans and spirts. The main purpose of this ritual is to heal people (sometimes it's called "ritual of purifying"), other purposes are connected with failures, loss of cattle, fortune-telling etc. Traditionally this ritual is carried out at night or during several nights in the yurt ...near the fireplace or in a sacred place. Shaman slowly beats the drum and emits sounds usually imitating crow or cuckoo. Then he sits near the fire and beating drum talks to supporting spirits. Finally, he banishes evil spirits or says, that situation is hopeless, after giving gifts for spirits.


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